Mattel Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Mattel Interim-CEO Christopher A. Sinclair
Christopher A. Sinclair
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Pros
  • Half day Fridays are a great attraction (in 75 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Do not value employees or work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance! Unlimited sick days and and a great 401K plan.

    Cons

    Upper management lacks vision and is indecisive. Great ideas end up getting lost or abandoned because no one properly plans or has the skills to actually execute them. Creatives are under valued at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your creatives! Make a decision you believe in and stick by it!


  2. Mattel photo studio in-house

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Video Editor in El Segundo, CA
    Former Freelancer - Video Editor in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very encouraging relaxed creative atmosphere with great compensation flexibility doing video editing for a wide range of material very creative work

    Cons

    Trying to work while there are 50 parents from the Mid-West in the studio with their children hoping to book a job modeling for toy package photos

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and pushing for better innovation in video and creative material and not be bogged down by corporate climate and inter-office company politics and gossip that sort of thing


  3. Helpful (1)

    Going down

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid Level Worker Bee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Worker Bee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits. But those and other aspects of comp are in the process of being reduced, from 401k match to health insurance and probably everything else except bloated executive salaries and bonuses. The SVPs and above will surely be rewarded for cutting costs through reduction of employee perks and benefits.

    Cons

    There's no strategy or vision. Every group operates in a silo so there's a lot of reinventing the wheel and conflicting objectives. People are using resources for initiatives that get scrapped, get overridden in a political battle, or launch half-baked. That's where the money gets wasted, not employees benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Stop moving the same senior management around to different roles for which they lack skills, background or natural talent to be effective. Their "successes" from years ago aren't relevant now - because the industry has changed and they haven't. Fire some of them and get new blood. Also: "speed to market" isn't the holy grail. Stuff is slipping through the cracks and that's usually a bad thing.


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  5. Political and old school

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people. Half day Fridays.

    Cons

    Politics, backstabbing, bad management. Fear of new ideas. No innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the executives (and their big salaries and benefits) who have been bringing the brands down for the last few years. Get in (promote???) people who really know how to manage brands.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Cast System - Company run by old white men

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays, decent benefits. Greatly appreciate week off at Christmas.

    Cons

    Disorganized. The constant threat of lay-offs completely destroys morale. Company run by ego-maniacs. Inept all-male leadership making million dollar salaries are steering company closer and closer to financial cliff. Sparse leadership roles for women. Failure to think outside of box. Failure to adapt to technology driven market shift. Married to sexist anorexic branding of Barbie which is the reason the brand is failing. Too much focus on making cheap products versus quality products. Treat employees like expendable manufacturing materials.

    Advice to Management

    Forget about stock prices & appeasing stockholders which handicap creativity & risk taking. Focus on creativity, innovation & allow your employees to take risks & make mistakes. The focus should be on building a successful company, not driving stock prices. Treat your employees with respect & they will work harder to help your company succeed. Stop drawing out layoffs. If you need to make employee cuts, make the cuts. Stop dragging layoffs out over months & years which is agonizing, distracting & paralyzing.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Need better management!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - California in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - California in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great and most people who work there are great.

    Cons

    Uncertainty and rampant nepotism in the mid and upper echelon of management. Lots of managers who may be good at everything else, except for managing people.

    Advice to Management

    Ask employees about their current managers and review their current management team.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Hope they can turn the place around...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Director in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people, early finish on Fridays, gym, onsite childcare - overall great benefits

    Cons

    Company lacks a strategy to be successful. Every year seems to get worse with more lay offs.

    Advice to Management

    Blow up senior management team and start again. Need to do things radically different to get a different result.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Trying times right now...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great 401, half day Fridays, good holiday schedule

    Cons

    No work life balance, no longer a creative place, very corporate, very focused on bottom line, not quality the innovative toys built the company...

    Advice to Management

    They need to take care of the employees who help build the company, changes need to happen at the top levels... Not by laying off all the people who actually do the work at the company, who are just doing what we are told to do... Need to empower the designers and make a comeback as the worlds #1 toy company!


  10. Associate Producer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Web Producer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Web Producer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Week off for Christmas, half day Fridays

    Cons

    Very political, looking for "yes" people. No original thoughts

    Advice to Management

    Change your managers


  11. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company Culture, Great Brands

    Cons

    Terrible dated leadership - company is stuck in the 1980's

    Advice to Management

    Make REAL Changes - stop switching leadership chairs on the titanic! The company is really gone down



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